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WILLIAM M. "BILL" MORKES

William M. "Bill" Morkes of Crystal Lake William M. "Bill" Morkes, 90, was born Feb. 9, 1922, in Chicago to William and Helen Morkes. He passed away peacefully Oct. 2, 2012, at Pepper Family Hospice in Barrington, surrounded by his family. Bill was loved by many and is survived by his children, William (Kathleen) Morkes III, Wayne (Joanne) Morkes, Linda (John) Schaber, Laura (David) Davis, Debra Heatherly, Sandra DePaul and Rhonda (Mark) Dehn; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; his sister, Helean Ray; and his brother-in-law, Charles (Candy) Kristufek. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Elaine (1997). Bill was a faithful Christian who loved his Catholic faith and was a member of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Crystal Lake. His kindness and humor touched all who met him. Bill served in the Army Air Force during World War II, completing 39 missions on a B-17 bomber named "The Able Mable." After the war, he married Elaine on Feb. 17, 1945, at Epiphany Catholic Church in Chicago, and went to work in the candy store his father started in 1920 - Morkes Chocolates. His legacy continues today through the business under the direction of his daughter, Rhonda. In his retirement, Bill loved spending time with his family. Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, at Davenport Family Funeral Home, 419 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake. The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176), Crystal Lake, where there will be visitation from 9:15 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Burial in St. Michael the Archangel Cemetery, Palatine, will follow the Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation of Northeastern Illinois, 405 Lake Zurich Road, Barrington, IL 60010. Condolences may be sent to www.davenportfamily.com. Call 815-459-3411, for information.
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Published in Chicago Suburban Daily Herald from Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, 2012
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